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5.0 out of 5 stars A Documentary film makers Bible!, 7 Feb 1999
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This guide gives an excellent, step by step, overview of film making in general. It examines in detail the three stages of production and gives good examples of useful forms for the organization of production. The pre-production section was most valuable. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the making of documentary films.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent general text on documentary making, 14 Jan 1999
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Although structured as a textbook, there is a great deal of advice and basic information for the independent filmmaker as well. Particularly helpful is advice on choosing a crew and on stages of post-production, that area filmmakers are most likely to underestimate in terms of time committment and importance!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE Text on Documentary Filmmaking, 2 July 1999
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This is probably the best book on directing and producing a documentary film that I've come across. A lot of books on filmmaking seem to be written by people who've never really made any films but can rehash what others have written on the subject and sell their advice. Rabiger's text is different, this is a text written by a seasoned documentary filmmaker that makes every chapter an insightful and useful reading experience. It may price a bit more than other documentary texts but it's worth the money spent in what you'll learn over the other books
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4.0 out of 5 stars Film_TV, 1 April 2013
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Great Book, I hope it will make me a great film director, or a professional tech person, it is very easy to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this for film making generally - not just documentary, 9 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Directing the Documentary (Paperback)
Having worked in many areas of moving image (documentary, music video, corporate video, screen writing, and editing), I have to say that this this book has become somewhat of a bible to me. Very practical, sensible advice, much of which in my opinion applies to many areas of film making - feature length, short form and so on - not just documentary.

A fine work for aspiring and improving film makers - ignore the advice within at your peril!
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